The seven cyclo-cross races where Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel will meet this season

The duo will continue their long-standing rivalry this winter

Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert running through mud in a cyclo-cross race, shouldering their bikes
(Image credit: Getty)

For over a decade, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel have locked horns in cyclo-cross races across Europe. The duo first met in the under-19 ranks, and have battled in one of the sport’s biggest rivalries ever since. 

On Monday, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider announced his winter program for the 2022-2023 season, which will see him compete in 14 cyclo-cross races - seven of which he’ll share with Van Aert. 

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4 December 2022Antwerp (World Cup)
23 December 2022Mol (Exact Cross)
26 December 2022Gavere (World Cup)
27 December 2022Heusden-Zolder (Superprestige)
28 December 2022Diegem (Superprestige)
30 December 2022Loenhout (Exact Cross)
5 February 2023Hoogerheide (World Championships)

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.